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The Cruel Mother

This song is by Alasdair Roberts and appears on the album No Earthly Man (2005).

She leaned her back up against the thorn
The sun shines down on Carlisle Wall
Then she has a bonny babe born
And the lion shall be lord of all

She laid him beneath some marble stone
The sun shines down on Carlisle Wall
Thinking to go a maiden home
And the lion shall be lord of all

As she looked over her father's wall
The sun shines down on Carlisle Wall
She saw that pretty babe playing a ball
And the lion shall be lord of all

Oh bonny babe if you were mine
The sun shines down on Carlisle Wall
I'd dress you in that silk so fine
And the lion shall be lord of all

Oh mother mine when I was thine
The sun shines down on Carlisle Wall
I didn't see any of your silk so fine
And the lion shall be lord of all

Oh bonny babe pray tell to me
The sun shines down on Carlisle Wall
The sort of death I shall have to die
And the lion shall be lord of all

Seven years of fish, fish in the flood
The sun shines down on Carlisle Wall
Seven years of bird in the wood
And the lion shall be lord of all

Seven years of tongue to the warning bell
The sun shines down on Carlisle Wall
Seven years in the flames of hell
And the lion shall be lord of all

Welcome, welcome fish in the flood
The sun shines down on Carlisle Wall
Welcome, welcome bird in the wood
And the lion shall be lord of all

And welcome tongue to the warning bell
The sun shines down on Carlisle Wall
But God keep me from the flames of hell
And the lion shall be lord of all

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